Your body is basically in a constant state of change. From the moment you were conceived, your body began to change, and it continues to do so throughout life. Some of the body’s changes can be wonderful and be affirming for your sense of womanhood. You may not feel that way about other changes, especially during the aging process. One such change is a pelvic prolapse. Correction of this condition depends on the severity of the problem.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Defined
The muscles of your pelvic floor keep the organs in your pelvis supported. These organs include the uterus, bladder and rectum. When the muscles of the pelvic floor become loose or weakened, these organs can drop down into and sometimes out of the vagina.
There are three basic types of pelvic prolapse. Correction of these conditions depends on the type and severity of prolapse. The most common prolapse involves the bladder. It is also called cystocele prolapse. When the rectum drops or bulges into the vagina it is called rectocele. Uterine prolapse can be associated with a drop or bulge in the small intestine as well, called enterocele.
Pelvic Prolapse Correction Procedures
Contrary to what many believe, pelvic prolapse correction does not always involve surgery. There are several treatments available. In some cases, the only treatment needed is exercising of the pelvic muscles. Consideration is given to your age, health, other medical conditions and your level of sexual activity.
- Pelvic floor muscle therapy – Your doctor may show you how to do exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. This can help with incontinence as well as pelvic prolapse. Correction of prolapse using this method requires your commitment to do the exercises as recommended by your doctor.
- Changing eating habits – Rectocele prolapse can be caused by straining when you have bowel movements. Your doctor may recommend a diet higher in fiber intake. This prevents constipation and allows easier bowel movements.
- Pessary – The pessary is a device which is inserted into the vagina and supports the pelvic floor. It is removable and available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of these devices treat urinary incontinence as well as pelvic prolapse.
- Surgery – When surgery is needed to provide support for the pelvic organs, the doctor may use tissue from your body to create the support. An alternative is a synthetic mesh; this repairs the prolapse and builds pelvic floor support.
Surgery for Pelvic Prolapse Correction
When a woman is sexually active and has a serious pelvic prolapse condition, surgery may be advised to correct it. Surgery for the condition is minimally invasive. If surgery for pelvic prolapse correction is advised for your case, your doctor will explain the procedure to you. You’ll be told what to expect and why it is necessary.
Many women who have pelvic prolapse do not mention it to their doctor. At Cypress Women’s Center, we are women helping women stay healthy. Our doctors guide you in making the right decision about treatment for the condition. Contact us for information on pelvic prolapse correction and discover your options for a more comfortable life.